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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 325--330

Assessment of private homes as spaces for the dying elderly

Tulika Bhattacharyya1, Suhita Chopra Chatterjee1, Dipannita Chand1, Debolina Chatterjee2, Jaydeep Sengupta3 
1 Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Human Development, J. D. Birla Institute, Kolkata, Affiliated to Jadavpur University, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Anthropology and Tribal Studies, Sidho Kanho Birsha University, Purulia, West Bengal, India

Correspondence Address:
Tulika Bhattacharyya
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur - 721 302, West Bengal
India

Aim: This study makes an assessment of end-of-life care of the elderly in private homes in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Participants and Methods: Primary data were collected from private homes which supported elder care through observation and semi-structured interviews with primary family caregivers of the elderly. Results: The study finds that the major factors preventing private homes from providing adequate care to the elderly were architecturally inadequate housing conditions, paucity of financial support, and scarcity of skilled caregivers. Besides, considerable neglect and domestic abuse of the elderly was also found in some private homes. In addition, the peripheral location of private homes within public health framework and inadequate state palliative policy, including stringent narcotic regulations, accentuated the problems of home care. Conclusion: The study concludes by questioning the rhetoric of private homes as spaces for the dying elderly in Kolkata and suggests remedial measures to improve their capacity to deliver care.


How to cite this article:
Bhattacharyya T, Chatterjee SC, Chand D, Chatterjee D, Sengupta J. Assessment of private homes as spaces for the dying elderly.Indian J Palliat Care 2017;23:325-330


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Bhattacharyya T, Chatterjee SC, Chand D, Chatterjee D, Sengupta J. Assessment of private homes as spaces for the dying elderly. Indian J Palliat Care [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Mar 30 ];23:325-330
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